In these days when obesity is such a big problem in the US, it is always commendable when someone who is overweight makes the decision to make healthier eating choices, and commits to weight loss. However, that decision, and the subsequent shedding of pounds, has the ripple effect of leaving behind skin that needs to be tightened and toned. That’s where excess skin removal procedures like body contouring come in! If you live in Irvine or Orange County then you should visit Song Plastic Surgery to discuss your body contouring options.
What is Body Contouring?
Body contouring is a surgical procedure that is performed to tighten and remove loose skin. Sagging skin often occurs after major weight loss, because the skin stretches during weight gain, and is simply unable to snap back into its original shape after weight loss. Body contouring uses different procedures to reshape and contour the body, as well as to tighten it and enhance proportion.
Body reshaping trims excess fat from a number of areas including the arms, breast, abdomen, thighs, and buttocks.
Flabby arms can be improved by having an arm lift done. An arm lift will reshape the upper region of the arms, where there is sagging as result of excess skin.
Weight loss often changes the shape of breasts, making them sag and look droopy. Depending on the extent of the sagging, breasts can be reshaped by performing breast augmentation or a breast lift.
Excess skin removal is often necessary for the abdominal region after weight loss. This is usually achieved with a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty. The aim of the tummy tuck is to remove excess skin, as well as tighten the abdominal walls.
The thighs are another area that can be extremely bothersome after weight loss, as the excess skin can often hinder mobility. A thigh lift is usually recommended to get rid of loose flabby skin in the thigh region. It involves the removal of skin from the upper portion of the thigh. In cases where there is extensive correction to be done on the thighs and buttocks, then a body lift may be performed.
If the patient also has excess skin on the face and neck area, then this can be removed in the manner often associated with a traditional face lift.
If there are several parts of the body that can benefit from excess skin removal, several surgeries can be performed at the same time. This decision is usually arrived at during consultation between the patient and his/her plastic surgeon. However, when a combination of procedures is being done, greater care must be taken to ensure the patient’s safety.